Is Now The Time To Put Mahindra & Mahindra (NSE:M&M) On Your Watchlist?
Investors are often guided by the idea of discovering 'the next big thing', even if that means buying 'story stocks' without any revenue, let alone profit. But the reality is that when a company loses money each year, for long enough, its investors will usually take their share of those losses. A loss-making company is yet to prove itself with profit, and eventually the inflow of external capital may dry up.
If this kind of company isn't your style, you like companies that generate revenue, and even earn profits, then you may well be interested in Mahindra & Mahindra (NSE:M&M). While this doesn't necessarily speak to whether it's undervalued, the profitability of the business is enough to warrant some appreciation - especially if its growing.
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Mahindra & Mahindra's Improving Profits
Over the last three years, Mahindra & Mahindra has grown earnings per share (EPS) at as impressive rate from a relatively low point, resulting in a three year percentage growth rate that isn't particularly indicative of expected future performance. So it would be better to isolate the growth rate over the last year for our analysis. Outstandingly, Mahindra & Mahindra's EPS shot from ₹53.10 to ₹88.83, over the last year. It's a rarity to see 67% year-on-year growth like that. The best case scenario? That the business has hit a true inflection point.
Careful consideration of revenue growth and earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margins can help inform a view on the sustainability of the recent profit growth. EBIT margins for Mahindra & Mahindra remained fairly unchanged over the last year, however the company should be pleased to report its revenue growth for the period of 34% to ₹1.2t. That's progress.
In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings and revenue, over time. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.
Of course the knack is to find stocks that have their best days in the future, not in the past. You could base your opinion on past performance, of course, but you may also want to check this interactive graph of professional analyst EPS forecasts for Mahindra & Mahindra.
Are Mahindra & Mahindra Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?
We would not expect to see insiders owning a large percentage of a ₹1.3t company like Mahindra & Mahindra. But thanks to their investment in the company, it's pleasing to see that there are still incentives to align their actions with the shareholders. Notably, they have an enviable stake in the company, worth ₹13b. We note that this amounts to 1.0% of the company, which may be small owing to the sheer size of Mahindra & Mahindra but it's still worth mentioning. So despite their percentage holding being low, company management still have plenty of reasons to deliver the best outcomes for investors.
Is Mahindra & Mahindra Worth Keeping An Eye On?
Mahindra & Mahindra's earnings have taken off in quite an impressive fashion. This level of EPS growth does wonders for attracting investment, and the large insider investment in the company is just the cherry on top. The hope is, of course, that the strong growth marks a fundamental improvement in the business economics. So at the surface level, Mahindra & Mahindra is worth putting on your watchlist; after all, shareholders do well when the market underestimates fast growing companies. Still, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Mahindra & Mahindra (including 1 which is potentially serious).
There's always the possibility of doing well buying stocks that are not growing earnings and do not have insiders buying shares. But for those who consider these important metrics, we encourage you to check out companies that do have those features. You can access a free list of them here.
Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction.
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Mahindra & Mahindra
Mahindra & Mahindra Limited provides mobility products and farm solutions in India and internationally.
Solid track record and fair value.